The concept of Infection Prevention and Control (IIPW) week was first established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, with APIC spearheading the effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers. In Canada, Infection Control Week originated in 1988 to highlight infection control efforts in Canadian hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community. Over the years, this week of recognition has vastly expanded to every corner of the globe. In the midst of a pandemic, what better time to celebrate those who specialize in infection prevention and control and as importantly, to celebrate the vast amount of knowledge the general public has gained as we all work to keep our families safe.
To kick of IIPW, we thought we’d share a video highlighting important practices to prevent the spread of infection. Next week we’ll share the events we held during the week to engage our colleagues!